Arquimides Lores Echeverria (Nelo), Infinite Regressions, 1970, oil on canvas
Charles Williams, In Seconds #2, 2014, oil on canvas, 6' x 6'
Laurie Blum, Bulbul - Nightingale and Roses, gouache on paper, 18" x 24
Joseph Bradley, Koi, 2014, oil on wood panel with metal leaf, 48" x 48"
Kathleen Elliot, Nest Trio, 2014, glass and found objects, 3.5" x 3" x 3"
Voices of the Island: The Cuban Art Collection of Reynier Llanes
January 15 - April 23, 2015
Reynier Llanes is an artist, curator and passionate art collector, who has assembled a collection of paintings by mid-career contemporary, professional artists, including himself, from Pinar del Rio, a unique multicultural region of Cuba. The works in the exhibition consist of drawings and paintings in a multitude of styles, such as abstraction, magic realism, where surreal subject matter is painted in a photorealistic manner, and representational landscapes and still lifes. The 18 Cuban artists in the exhibition include Juan Suarez Blanco, Carlos Ulises Bretana Hevia, Reynier Llanes and Pedro Pablo Oliva.
Swim: An Artist's Journey by Charles Williams
January 15 - April 23, 2015
Hearing stereotypical statements, such as " black people don't swim," along with having firsthand experience of nearly drowning, led artist Charles Williams' fear of water. Despite his fear, Williams finds there is a strong and opposite emotional attraction to the ocean and other bodies of water. He is drawn to the seemingly endless array of waves formations and their haunting sensual nature. It is this push and pull attraction to and fear of water that has inspired this exhibit.
Williams is a professional contemporary realist painter from Georgetown and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art. Williams' dramatic workis are arranged cinematically in order to demonstrate the artists's near-drowning experience in a series of stills. The paintings are large in scale and represent monumental views of the ocean, both from the perspectives of being underwater as well as on the shore gazing at incoming waves. They are intended to evoke a sense of the sublime nature of the ocean, which is particularly effective when viewers are in close proximity.
Laurie Blum: My Inner Garden
January 18 - April 23, 2015
During her youth, Blum envisioned beautiful magical birds and avidly frequented and lost herself in the woods and flower gardens of her childhood dwellings. She has an understanding of flowers, animals and natural beauty and experienced a communion with them. She was able to communicate her feelings through her paintings, and these feelings could be grasped in an instant without spoken words. The symbols expressed, in a silent language, the beauty of the hidden world through the sense of Feeling.
Visual Poetry Metal Leaf Paintings by Joseph Bradley
January 2 - March 8, 2015
Joseph Bradley is a nationally known artist, showing his work in Charleston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, and New York City. Based in Greenville, SC, Bradley works out of his gallery and studio, in the city's newly established arts district, the Village. His paintings, which are recognizable by their signature metal leaf backgrounds, are, according to Bradley, very process oriented and rely heavily on layering, intuition and experimentation. His work is meant to depict our relationships with the environment and the emotions they elicit.
Kathleen Elliot: Imaginary Botanicals
January 8 - April 12, 2015
Exhibition organized through Katherine T. Carter & Associates
The art of California-based artist Kathleen Elliot asks us to consider nature in a new light. Leaves, fruits, flowers, pods and vines are translated into flameworked glass. And through the very accuracy of her botanical forms, a parallel rendering is also taking place: the organic is transposed into the domain of the imaginal, where natural forms appear in unexpected colors and in fantastic, new combinations. On view, will be approximately 25 flameworked glass sculptures making up four series within Elliot's body of work. These series address such issues as society's connections with the natural world; what constitutes spiritual necessity and fulfillment in contemporary cultures; as well as the food industry's ethical obligations to consumers.